Our feet have the unenviable task of carrying our body every day. But when you throw sports, running and jumping into the mix, you increase its workload exponentially. It’s no wonder that athletes are at high risk for foot injuries. With the physical stress they constantly place on their feet, injuries are often inevitable.
You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from athlete’s foot. But certain activities practiced by athletes makes them susceptible to athlete’s foot. People who use public showers or those found in training rooms can acquire fungal infections with through direct contact with infected floor surfaces. Unhealthy habits such as using socks and shoes multiple times can also increase your risk for fungal infections.
This is a condition found in child or teenage athletes. Because the heel growth plate have yet to be fully developed, activities that normally do not cause heel injuries is experienced. Consult a podiatrist to explore ways on how to reduce your child’s risk for heel injury. Dr. Charles A. Suleskey is a podiatrist who specializes in helping children suffering from sports related foot injuries.
The ankles are both strong and flexible. These qualities enables us to perform twists and turns without losing our balance. But it too has its limits and stretching it beyond what it’s designed for can lead to injury.
Stress fractures are commonly found in the heel, ankle, navicula and metatarsal bones of the feet. This is the result of repeated overuse or repeated abuse often caused by sports activities.
A tingling sensation in your feet may cause slight discomfort or lead to loss of concentration. This might appear to be a small inconvenience but can affect your overall performance. A tingling sensation can indicate poor circulation or irritated nerves. Causes may include poorly fitting shoes, neuroma or Raynaud’s disease.
Sore feet is a common experience among athletes. This can be the result of a hard training day and could be managed by simply resting or massaging the feet. But this can also be the result of poor fitting shoes or an underlying injury. When pain becomes chronic or does not go away with rest, consult a podiatrist.